Dandruff can become a persistent and frustrating problem in dog breeds, such as rottweilers. Dandruff can be uncomfortable for your dog and may indicate an underlying health condition. It can also lead to future skin problems for your rottweiler. There are several different ways to treat dandruff in dogs. Depending on your rottweiler and its level of dandruff, some treatments may work better than others.
Bathe your dog with a gentle shampoo -- either an oatmeal shampoo or medicated wash using warm water (not hot). The medicated shampoo should contain sulfur or salicylic acid. You can also use a dog shampoo for sensitive skin or dandruff. Harsher shampoos take necessary oils out of their hair and skin, which can make skin and dandruff problems worse. Bathe once monthly in the winter; twice a month in summer.
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Change or adjust your dog's diet. Your rottweiler's food may not have enough fatty acids or other nutrients essential for a dog to produce healthy skin oil -- a lack of oil is the most likely cause of dandruff in dogs. Buy a higher quality brand of dog food. All natural food products work best at supplying all of the necessary nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed oil, fish oil, protein and vegetables. These nutrients provide a healthier, higher quality diet for your dog, which will keep his skin healthy and produce skin oil to get rid of dandruff. Lower quality brands of dog food tend to lack these all natural ingredients.
Buy health supplements for your dog. There are special dietary supplements designed to improve your dog's skin and fur. They usually supply the nutrients your dog may be lacking, like fatty acids; a lack of these nutrients can cause dandruff in any dog.
Consult a vet or specialist if you are unable to solve your rottweiler's dandruff problem. If nothing works and there is no apparent reason for your dog's dandruff, then it could be a sign of a different health problem, such as liver disease, skin infections, parasites or allergies.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.